Though it is “the world’s most famous beach”, Daytona Beach has a lot more to offer than just the sand and surf.
Explore the conservation efforts helping the marine life of Daytona Beach at the Marine Science Center. Current rehabilitation efforts are put on display for live sea turtles and seabirds so the family can be educated on safe beach practices which help the marine community. The center also includes an enormous artificial reef aquarium that is sure to amaze.
Discover an amazing science center which features interactive exhibits perfect for children and a collection of over 30,000 objects. Restored railroad cars, Cuban art and even a gallery featuring Florida’s Giant Ground Sloth skeleton are just some of the many treasures to entertain and educate your family.
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All delicious desserts and pastries are made in house at Sweet Marlay’s Coffee. The coffee shop features an outdoor patio where guests can enjoy a flavored latte, and it is not uncommon to see Daytona Beach locals sipping their coffees along with their leashed pets. If you’re a caramel fan, try The Beach Day latte made with sweet salted caramel.
Towering as the tallest lighthouse in Florida, Ponce de Leon Lighthouse was completed in 1887 and stretches 175 feet into the sky. At the top of the 203 steps, you can enjoy a gorgeous 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean. The onsite museum also features numerous nautical artifacts to educate visitors about the interesting history of the lighthouse.
Located in historic downtown Daytona Beach, the Cinematique Theater is Volusia County’s only full-time arthouse cinema. Culture enthusiasts will delight in taking in foreign films, the opera and even ballet features. Every Tuesday the theater hosts improv comedy, and Wine Down Wednesday is a popular weekly event among Daytona Beach locals.
12 water slides, a giant wave pool, a relaxing lazy river and more await you at Daytona Lagoon. Have a blast on Kraken’s Conquest, a fast-paced racer slide perfect for the family. Explore the Daytona Lagoon Entertainment Center which includes Sky Maze, an indoor ropes course with a 70-foot zipline. Have fun playing laser tag, miniature golf, climbing the rock wall and racing around on the Grand Prix go-karts.
Book a stay at Grand Seas by Exploria Resorts in Daytona Beach, or for a more relaxed beach town vibe, stay just down A1A at New Smyrna Waves by Exploria Resorts, in New Smyrna Beach. Both offer oceanfront pools, stunning beach views, direct beach access, and plenty of room for the entire family.